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Democratic Design

Democratic design

Democratic design comes from the IKEA perspective that everyone has the right to a better everyday life. The Democratic design idea steers everything we do. By creating products that meet all five dimensions of Democratic design we will be unique - having a product range our customers and we feel proud of.

Design for everyone

Democratic design brings good design to the many people by providing well-designed home furnishing solutions, with great form and function, high quality, built with a high focus on sustainability and at an affordable price.

Finding the right balance

For us, good design is the right combination of form, function, quality, sustainability and a low price. Our product developers and designers have to find the right balance of all these elements when the design process begins. It’s a challenge that keeps us innovative.

Suppliers play a very important role

Very early on in the design phase, our product developers and designers work with a diverse team of technicians, manufacturers and specialists. This special partnership helps keep our prices low and find the latest techniques to create products the IKEA way.

Design for everyone

We’re proud that LISABO series has been awarded the prestigious, international Red Dot Award for design. The tables slanted edges give a handcrafted look, and matt lacquer on the ash veneer means the furniture will keep its natural wood feel. “The idea behind LISABO was to create a series with the distinct feeling of wood, a floating expression and durable, easy to assemble construction,” explain designers Knut Hagberg and Marianne Hagberg. 
We feel good design combines form, function, quality, sustainability at a low price. We call it “Democratic Design” because we believe good home furnishing is for everyone.


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Life at home

“At home” isn’t just a place. It’s a feeling. Like being in the most comfortable space in the universe. So for us, understanding people’s life at home is the most natural place to start.
A pair of children’s feet, on an IKEA step stool.

Child safety

At IKEA, the safety of our customers is always number one, not least when it comes to the most important people on the planet – our children.
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Innovative design

We began learning about the production of furniture 60 years ago. We had just begun to design our own furniture and needed to learn how best to match the possibilities of the supplier with the needs of the customer. Bringing the two closer together was how we would keep prices low.

Innovative design
Close up of integratied wirelss charching station on an IKEA floor lamp (right).

What’s next?

We’re much too curious to wait around for trends to arrive. We prefer to ask, “What can we do to make things better, so that everyday life will be better?”

What's next